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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Two Tails is a dull Russian (dubbed into English) animated kid-friendly adventure about two friends -- Bob the beaver and Max the cat -- who encounter aliens. There is slapstick violence -- often between the animals -- with no serious consequences. A van crashes into some woods and two men are tied to some trees. Two men and a bear are shot with ray guns before being abducted by aliens. The baddie aliens might be scary to younger viewers. There is no profanity although "oh my God" is used as an exclamation. The movie stresses the importance of teamwork and friendship, although other animated adventures do it far better.
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What's the story?
At the start of TWO TAILS, Max, a singing cat, and Bob, a fussy beaver, unearth an alien artifact. Soon two sets of aliens come to Earth -- one to retrieve the item and one to collect species for their alien zoo. This attracts the attentions of human UFO hunters who, along with other animals, are abducted by these extraterrestrial visitors. Together, Max and Bob set about a dangerous rescue mission.
Is it any good?
The story is simple to follow but the stilted pace is likely to struggle to hold viewers’ attention. There's no escape from the fact that Two Tails' bare-bones plot and poor production values make it feel no weightier or more attractive than an episode of another Russian import, Masha and the Bear. The human characters in particular look unappealing and cold but the furry animals and playful aliens are barely any cuter.
The slapstick humor is rarely clever or funny and the recurring jokes aimed at adults -- a 2001: A Space Odyssey sequence and a play on President Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan -- fall flat. There is some charm to be found during Max and Bob's first encounter, but the movie soon runs out of steam. The dubbed English-language audio track is particularly poor, with uncredited actors phoning in their lines in a lackluster manner.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the communication used between the characters in Two Tails. When they meet, the animals and aliens have no common language so communicate wordlessly. Try to think of ways to describe things without words and discuss the power of sign language.
Talk about how the characters feel a strong bond after their shared experience. How can teamwork help form strong friendships? Can you think of any real-life examples?
The animals and aliens all say they will take the story of what happened to them back to their own countries and planets. Discuss how legends are made and what purpose they serve? Can you think of any downsides to legends?
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